I am very delighted to showcase Anuli’s weight loss journey on my blog. I have watched this gorgeous woman go from a lovely chubby mum to an even lovelier, healthier and I dare to say,super sexy mum. I have watched Anuli on Facebook; literally sat on my fat bum and went through her photos…yes I did!… Now wait, just before you go off calling me a Weirdo, please allow me to explain the reason why I observed her closely (now that sounds even more a proper weirdo). I was completely blown away by her determination to live a healthier lifestyle. She sounded happier and often went on date nights with her husband (I knew from her status updates). Watching Anuli’s journey to a healthy weight got me off my tin of biscuits and shoved me right into the gym. I got inspired by this busy mum and started my battles with flabs. Conquering her fear of going public on my blog, Anuli kindly agreed to share her story with me and in her own words. I hope you get inspired too.
My weight gain
I was around 160 lbs when I got married and moved to America in 2002. However due to the birth of my son in March of 2003, I gained an extra 90 lbs (yes, 90 lbs). I can’t really say what happened, all I know is that I have an appetite of a whale when I’m pregnant and i struggled to lose any weight after the birth of my son. I tried to lose some weight but was unable able to do it effectively like I used to. Basically, I would lose 30 lbs, and then gain 50 lbs back. It was very frustrating. I was bouncing between 190 lbs – 230lbs until I got pregnant again in 2004. My daughter was born in July 2005. I didn’t really take any notice of my weight with that pregnancy because I was already overweight. I think I was 250 lbs at full term.
Pressure is on!
After my daughter’s birth, I made my first serious effort to lose the weight because I was going to pharmacy school the following year. I knew I would be going to school with lots of young people and I didn’t want to look like their mom…lol. I worked really hard and by the time I started pharmacy school in 2006, I had lost 60 lbs.
Unfortunately, pharmacy school was very stressful especially with 2 babies (1 and 3 y/o) and a husband that worked overseas at the time. It still remained the most difficult thing I have ever done in my entire life. I was miserable, depressed, out of mind and almost ready to quit and just be a mum. The stress took its toll and before I knew it, I was back at 250 lbs. Through the grace of God, I fought through it up till my third year when I had a setback. I was supposed to graduate in 2010 and because of that set back, I was held back for another year.
So one night in May of 2009, I stayed up thinking about everything I had been through at that point and how I was not going to be graduating with my class in 2010. I cried so much till I couldn’t cry anymore. That night, I made a promise to myself that if I was not going to graduate in May of 2010, that I would at least do myself a big favour and be 100 lbs lighter. That day was May 28th, 2009.
Kicked out the fats.
I started putting my plans together the next day. I cleaned out my pantry and fridge. Went shopping and cleverly stocked up on fruits, vegetables, eggs, chicken, salmon and all the healthy stuff. The first month was easy because my husband was overseas so I didn’t have to cook anything that I didn’t want to eat. I began a healthy meal regime for myself and my kids.
I stopped eating junk foods. I took my time to make healthy meal for me and my kids.
I stopped eating after 7 pm. If I was craving snake after 7 pm, I will eat an apple. This was the most difficult step in my weight loss journey because I was used to late night eating.
I cut down on carbs. I didn’t eat fufu and rice for 2 years. I gradually reintroduced them in 2011 and started gaining weight…lol
I exercised 6 days/week for the first 6 months. I didn’t miss a day except when I had heart palpitation and had to go to the emergency room. They told me to stay away from the gym for a week. I started with elliptical machine then graduated to treadmill and exercise classes.
I used incentive. I love shoes so I bought a pair of a serious fabulous shoe every month that I met my goal ( my monthly goal was 10 lbs/month)
I stayed hydrated. I drank water. To lose weight, you must drink water.
I slept. I stopped staying up all night. I made sure I was in bed by 9 pm.
I also learn to trick my metabolism. When I hit plateau, I will eat more. it might mean gaining a few pounds but it always gets the weight loss going again
I was not very good at counting calories so I never did that.
I used replacement shake for over a year.
Think losing weight is tough? Try maintaining it.
It hasn’t been an easy road at all. I actually went up to 195 lbs last year. My job helps me maintain my weight now. I work as a retail pharmacist and as a busy job, it keeps me active. I’m at my all time lowest weight (148 lbs) now because of that. I regularly do Zumba classes twice weekly and occasionally use my home treadmill as top up. Although the weight battle is never really over for us women, I am determined to win mine.
My life since the weight loss.
I’m a much happier person now. I have such a positive outlook about life and have gained a lot of self-confidence. I love to encourage other women as much as I can which is why I agreed to share this when Jane asked me. The best part about being slim is that clothes fit and look like the designers intended for them to look…lol. I don’t have to spend hours in my closet looking for what to wear when I have a wardrobe that will make most women envious. Ok, that’s the vain part; the most amazing part is finding out that my kids are proud of me. I still remember the birthday card my son made for me in 2010, stating how gorgeous his mummy looks.
What I learned.